"War Comes to America," Chapter VII of Frank Capra's "Why We Fight"
series, begins by celebrating the American values of liberty and freedom
that are threatened by the aggressive forces of Germany and Japan. The
early years of the war are seen from the perspective of the United
States, with particular focus on the reluctance of the American people
to get involved in a European or Asian conflict. As the German army
rolls across Europe, Nazi organizations spring up across the United
States. The film attributes the rise of such groups to Hitler's policy
of softening up future targets with political sympathizers, and shows
one surreal Nazi rally at Madison Square Garden, where paintings of
George Washington hang alongside the swastika. Eventually the American
government realizes that war is inevitable and cranks up the production
of weapons and drafts the largest army in its history. The film ends
with the war's beginning for the United States, the surprise attack by
the Japanese on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
June 2, 2006 Subject:
Great conclusion to the "Why We Fight series"
I especially liked the animated sequence near the end which spelled out the dire consequences to the United States of an Axis victory in Eurasia. I don't understand why many Americans are so bellicose, since there is no real prospect of the entire Eastern Hemisphere falling to Islamofascism, as there was of it falling to Axis or Communist domination...